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  • Russia Continues to Arm Azerbaijan - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    years and now Moscow is announcing that this issue is being settled and soon these systems will be sent to Iran The story of Armenia another Russia s ally is much more interesting There is information that Armenia paid 120 million dollars to Russia several years ago but those weapons have never reached Armenia Over this year Russia was said to have pledged modern weapons to Armenia on the Russian loan of 200 million dollars Serzh Sargsyan also announced about it This story is also covered with mystery though logically Russia should not be ashamed of supplying weapons to its ally Apparently this story is also a bluff Instead there are doubts that Moscow s hints on modern weapons are intended to squeeze money out of Azerbaijan Azerbaijan has paid to make sure that those weapons are not supplied to Armenia Quite credible Or it is possible that the hints will continue to make Azerbaijan sign a new contract After the CSTO summit where Serzh Sargsyan chided the members of that organization for indifference towards the aggression against Armenia the CSTO Secretary General eventually commented on the Armenian Azerbaijani escalation It is with great concern that we are following the incidents in the Caucasus especially the developments in the area of the Karabakh conflict the so called line of contact Heavy artillery is used there tanks are used there are human losses We think that the political resource of our states should be used to not allow destabilization of the situation in any case to make sure that the conflict which is already in a hot stage today does not escalate to a large scale military clash I think the ongoing situation must be calmed the shooting must stop The issue of Nagorno Karabakh must have a peaceful settlement and

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/comments/view/35110 (2016-02-14)
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  • EU Respects Armenia's Sovereignty and Is Ready to Include Security Issue in Cooperation Spheres - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    by some external forces that are trying to identify Europe with liberalism Although Armenia is more liberal in some aspects than some EU member states For example there is an EU state which bans divorce it is Malta In Armenia this looks more than conservative There are countries where abortion is complicated while in Armenia selective abortion is a big problem The essence of the European Union is that it never imposes anything on anyone Is anyone interested in distorting the EU face in Armenia and prevention of closer connections between the EU and Armenia There are people who are not interested in the EU and Armenia rapprochement because that would mean accepting specific standards of democracy and human rights in which case they may lose their positions Democracy is a principle of change of government the principle of freedom in everything it is a system of rule of law here there must be respect for law equal rights where courts must be independent Corruption is a problem for everybody it is found everywhere including the EU member states However Europe has had governments which resigned after corruption scandals and high ranking officials stood trial I was said that the special thing about Armenia is that here no high ranking official has ever been tried for corruption So you think that an anti West propaganda is being conducted in Armenia The Armenians are open to the outer world the Armenians have cosmopolitan genes There is no xenophobia no ethnic discrimination and prejudice The Armenians are friendly to the outer world therefore they will hardly accept anti West rhetoric However there is misunderstanding relating to the EU and someone is using this to discredit the West The important answer will be soon we hope that in 2016 we will start liberalization of the visa regime and then more Armenians will be able to travel to Europe where they will become familiar with the European principles and values directly And then there will be less space for anti West propaganda However visa facilitation will be linked to undertaking specific measures relating to discrimination corruption and other problems There is an opinion that the unexpected decision of the Armenian authorities on 3 September 2013 to join the Eurasian Union was also the result of shortcomings of European Western organizations Will Europe change its approaches to work with the neighbors particularly Armenia I don t want to look back a lot of time has passed since then and though many people in Europe still do cannot understand how that happened a decision has been made to build a positive future in which Armenia is viewed as a sovereignty state We have a serious attitude to the sovereignty of Armenia and we will never impose a difficult choice on Armenia The EU will not conduct a propaganda war will not succumb to provocations and will not propagate a conflict We will resist to spread of lies about the EU and therefore a special team has

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/interview/view/34899 (2016-02-14)
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  • We Need to Mark Time: Revision of Geopolitical Borders Is Possible - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    or less solid in the South Caucasian hot spot which is a positive phenomenon in the East West context In any case the existence of the Minsk Group in the region is a positive thing for the Armenian side Should we expect anything from the occasional meetings of the two presidents Still Armand Richelieu discovered that the negotiations between states should be permanent even if they are at war There is no alternative to this postulate in diplomacy This is first Second if an agreement is reached in the summit at least on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the points of contact the presidents will have achieved a great thing The American co chair of the Minsk Group Warlick has stated that it is hard for the co chairs to determine who violates the ceasefire the first and notes that mechanisms should be found At the line of contact the co chairs had to protect themselves from shooting Can it be an answer for them from which directions the fire comes Of course they must say so even if they see that the Azeris violate the ceasefire first Otherwise the Minsk Group will confirm Baku s claims that its members have adopted a subjective stance on the conflict in favor of the Armenian side Besides the three co chairs pursue their interests in Azerbaijan If the sides used to meet to achieve a solution of the problem now they meet to discuss the use of big caliber weapons What does this indicate This indicates that the use of such weapons may unleash large scale military actions and the members of the group aware of the danger are trying to resolve this problem positively at least at this stage Could Iran be included in the Minsk Group format considering that

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/interview/view/34863 (2016-02-14)
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  • What Scares Erdogan and Makes Him Use Terrorism: Turkey Ahead of Election - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    between the government forces including the police gendarmerie military units and the PKK militants but also attacks on the offices of HDP in Ankara Istanbul and other cities as well as its voters Will this cause another escalation in the region The region is storming even without Turkey but as a big regional state Turkey has some influence on every regional matter Intensification of Kurdish movements in Syria Iraq influences the domestic and foreign policy of the Turkish authorities The idea of the Kurdish autonomy has scared the Turkish government and explains the intensification of domestic tension and attacks on Kurds Can the decision of ECtHR on Perincek v Switzerland have any influence on the Turkish moods In fact the Turkish press described the ECtHR decision as the victory of the Turkish side Some representatives of the nationalistic press even hurried to trumpet this news as the death of Armenian arguments for the Genocide but more serious scholars and public realize what has happened in ECtHR At the same time Turkey is living in a period of unrest and the Armenian issue has been pushed behind What will these elections change in Turkey s life What can instability in Turkey result in In the result of the latest elections the Kurdish HDP party overcame the 10 passing percentage and appeared in parliament but the government could not overcome the fear of losing its monopoly and went for a runoff election It could not put up with the appearance of the Kurds on the political field This scares Erdogan and pushes him into terror and willfulness which results in instability because the Kurds did not stop the fight for politics At the same time these elections give Turkey a chance to form a democratic state for the first time in the

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/interview/view/34850 (2016-02-14)
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  • “The Male-Made Constitution is a Geopolitical Adventurism”: Anna Shahnazaryan - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    created a special state enterprise led by the former head of the economic competition committee but who was only receiving money and doing nothing In any way this issue has been brought back to the agenda and they are trying to take some concrete steps in this direction Except from seeing Armenia as a bridge the EU especially in terms of improving relations with Iran has the issue of creating a stable condition in its and Iran s neighborhood It is this stable condition that has turned into this geopolitical adventurism that is presented to the citizens of Armenia under the name of constitutional amendments What has happened is that the representatives of the regime started to justify their inability to commit to agreements and promises by blaming the constitution We remember very well the free trade agreement to be signed with the EU in 2013 and how within one single day it was annulled after Serzh Sargsyan s flight to Moscow In fact we see that our officials are blaming the constitution for failing to establish stable agreements So they present to the West that in order for our mutually beneficial agreements to work we need to change the constitution Let me explain what the so called mutually beneficial means Armenia faces most serious economic and financial crisis When at the end of March the government announced that it was issuing half a billion Euros bonds it was an ultimate measure for the government and at that moment Armenia s external debt already was a bit over 40 of the GDP While the international media presented this event as it was i e as an extreme measure that Armenia was following Greece s footsteps and is facing a serious economic crisis our media was discussing things like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West the Vatican etc At a very crucial moment groundbreaking things happened for Armenia and only one think tank based in the United States called Policy Forum Armenia criticized this move of the government and said that it was going to hit Armenia the hard way Why Because it was adding up the foreign debt and we have been witnessing immense increase of the foreign debt within the past few months While at the beginning when the bonds were issued it was presented as a means of covering the state budget deficit the subsequent loans are allegedly for infrastructure projects For example they announced that a 10mln EUR loan agreement was signed with the European Investment Bank for building a new electricity transmission line between Armenia and Georgia This project however costs more than 100 mln EUR in total Then they said that another loan agreement worth 50 mln EUR was signed with the same European Investment Bank And constantly we are taking new loans on top of other bilateral loan agreements such as the one with Russia made at the beginning of 2015 worth 270 mln USD for the refurbishment of the nuclear power plant Then in

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/interview/view/34812 (2016-02-14)
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  • What Benefits Will Investment Concept Paper Produce? - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    document is the lack of an idea of priority sectors for investments The description is too general but there must be a policy of encouraging foreign and generally all investments considering the competitiveness of our economy In this regard there is not a clear goal which will mark the active involvement of the government the executive in these sectors Such are for example development of hi tech processing industry with a view to export etc The concept would benefit if these issues were resolved and there were a clear focus Otherwise the concept will be a document of nice wishes without solutions and a clear goal One of the goals of the concept aside from the fast response system should be the introduction of a system of investment programs safeguarded by law The government should assume responsibility in line with specific economic directions On the one hand this will allow considering a system of risk reduction On the other hand legal safeguards will be provided The concept lacks a clear position of the government on the ownership market Such an important issue as the full protection of the rights of shareholders in Armenia is open This significantly hinders the involvement of investments It is about the protection of the rights of small shareholders while our country lacks an efficient system There are around 140 000 small investors in our country today their rights are not protected Small investors of joint stock companies have no right to participate in the management of the company or as soon as they raise the issue of their rights the relevant agencies advise them to go to court Many people do not use this opportunity because it requires costs or the courts are overloaded If the rights of small investors are not protected in the country it is a big obstacle to the participation of foreign investors too Let alone that foreign investors as small investors also encounter injustice These are issues which unfortunately have not been disclosed and clarified in the concept note and ignoring them may maintain the status quo of investments which is not satisfactory Hence the concept does not contain any positive activity does it There is a positive system relating to investments the introduction of the so called ombudsman This has not been elaborated yet most probably protection of human rights is concerned However this system can be efficient if we have a whole system of protection of investments The members of government announce that this concept marks the launch of the policy of open doors though this policy was there but was not laid down Can a sole document bring this policy into being It is not enough to proclaim an open door policy there should be specific mechanisms It is true that Armenia has conducted an open door policy so far and it is not only this concept that should proclaim it This concept may complete the concept of the open door policy In some cases the open

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/interview/view/34761 (2016-02-14)
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  • Not Statements Matter But Decisions and Actions - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    we are doing What is the reason that this time the Minsk Group co chairs put an equal mark between the Armenian and Azerbaijani sides noting that they cannot find out where violence came from The Minsk Group did not put an equal mark earlier this year and it is not accidental because the policy conducted by Armenia and Azerbaijan allows for an unequal approach and to force Azerbaijan to fulfill its duties and to force Armenia to continue its efforts to alleviate the tension This time they tried to put an equal mark and there are two circumstances the first is that they did not see a difference between the actions of the sides and the second is the impression that in this situation the co chairs have washed their hands as if they don t know what they are doing The only essential thing is that they have suggested that the OSCE have an observation mission to find out what is happening on the spot The Azerbaijani foreign minister has immediately turned down this proposal saying that it means a status quo This means that Azerbaijan s actions are intended to make sure that the status quo is not observed This is crisp and clear The only unclear thing is Armenia s statements which are nothing but statements Armenia has announced that it is going to find and punish those guilty from the one who gives orders to soldiers as well as announced to use heavy artillery but in reality it is difficult to assess these statements unless there are actions is this another shot in the air or something more serious In your opinion after all what is happening at the border Will this become a large scale war or continue this way Unlike Armenia Azerbaijan has a political line There was a time of war of snipers then they saw that it is not effective they deployed commandoes through which they continued their military diplomacy which could create an environment to use the political processes to its ends In August 2014 the strategy of Azerbaijan s sabotages failed because they were punished in a terrible way had a lot of losses and understood that it is not effective Now they have launched the policy of using big weapons stabbing in the back which they continue hoping that it will produce an impression Azerbaijan s approaches are simple Armenia never seems to be close to the point of taking the concept of punitive actions Frankly speaking I didn t understand Do they have an idea of punitive actions They are using some term of proportionate or disproportionate response which already demonstrates that they have no idea of punitive actions And now the situation is hanging up in the air Russia continues to supply weapons to Azerbaijan Shouldn t Armenia be condemning such actions by its ally Armenia has done nothing to allow Azerbaijan to use heavy artillery This is the result of the thing that Russia s

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/interview/view/34746 (2016-02-14)
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  • Georgian Defense Minister Dismissed Sale of Arms to Azerbaijan - Lragir.am - Armenia Online
    Yerevan dismissed rumors on sale of mortars and grenade launchers produced by Delta the Georgian State Military Scientific Technical Center to Azerbaijan In answer to the question of razm info s reporter the Georgian foreign minister said As far as I know this is wrong information and we have never spoken about guarantees I double checked yesterday and it was confirmed that this information is not true he reassured Earlier

    Original URL path: http://m.lragir.am/index/eng/1/politics/view/35228 (2016-02-14)
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